Qualifications

Stronger through study

SLCC offer a range of qualifications tailored to meet the needs of local council officers and others working with local councils in England and Wales. Study for a qualification and:

  • Expand your skill set
  • Broaden your career opportunities & progression
  • Feel empowered

The qualifications are designed to support you wherever you are in your career journey, starting at the essential knowledge course (Level 2) and progressing through to an Honours Degree (Level 6).

To view more detail on each course/qualification click the relevant ‘Find out more’ button below or download the NEW Qualifications booklet here.

We also offer free, virtual, drop-in sessions for anyone interested in studying for a sector qualification. During the session you will be able to present any questions you may have to the SLCC’s Professional Development Officer. Click here to view the available sessions

Your Learning Pathway

Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA)

Essential knowledge

This Level 2, online sector specific learning tool will support all new council officers in England and Wales in their roles in the first few months of employment, as well as those aspiring to go on and complete their Level 3 CiLCA qualification. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the work of a local council, the clerk and its councillors.

£120 + VAT for members and non-members.

Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA)

Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration (FILCA)

Essential finance

Coming soon…

The Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration (FILCA) is a Level 2, online sector specific learning tool to support all new Responsible Financial Officers (RFO’s) in England and Wales (or officers who have a financial element to their job role). The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to council finance.

£120 + VAT for members and non-members.

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ILCA to CiLCA

Enhanced knowledge

Specifically designed for students in England and Wales who have completed ILCA and aspiring to complete CiLCA.

Launched on 1st April 2021, this online course, equivalent to Level 2, will develop your knowledge, confidence and skills for your work with your council, bridging the gap between the two courses to support you in your studies for CiLCA.

£120 + VAT for members and non-members.

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Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)

Broad knowledge

This Level 3, foundation qualification provides you with a broad knowledge of all the aspects of a clerk’s work – roles and responsibilities, the law, procedures, finance planning and community involvement.

The full four-day course is £340 + VAT for members or £390 + VAT for non-members.

In addition, CiLCA registration is £410 (non-vatable).

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)

Community Governance

Advanced knowledge

Community Governance offers a range of advanced qualifications which are all distance learning with residential study days. The qualification looks at the way in which people and organisations work together and independently, making decisions for the benefit of a local community.

Study for a Certificate of Higher Education (Level 4), a Foundation Degree (Level 5) or an Honours Degree (Level 6).

Level 4 builds on CiLCA, is recognised in law as a qualification for clerks and is tailored specifically to the needs of local council officers.

If you would like to apply for this qualification, please contact us for further information.

Community Governance